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Chapter 6: Unequal Families Social Stratification Stratification     chances in a society Class Inequality Contemporary industrialized societies are likely to be stratified on the basis of social classes Caste system Social Mobility     : movement of people from one class level to another Upper-Class Families     Middle-Class Families:      families that typically consist of college-educated managers,  teachers, & engineers); (roughly 45% of population) Working Class Families:     workers, clerks, & farm & manual laborers; most working-class people don’t own their own  Poor Families     : families that typically consist of people who either work for minimum wages or  who are chronically unemployed.  They are sometimes referred to as the  lower class  or  underclass  (about 15% of population) the income Most prosperous 20% of US households hold about 85% of nations wealth Wealthiest 1% of US households, who have enjoyed 2/3 rd  of all increases in wealth over past 2  decades, now own 34% of wealth Bottom 80% of households control a mere 15% of nations wealth 4x as many households w/a net worth over $10 million today as there were in 1989 Social Class in Everyday Life Class standing can determine a whole host of life chances, including access to higher  Research shows that those of lower levels of stratification system are more likely to die  prematurely from homicide, accidents, or inadequate health care than are ppl at higher levels Ppl in lower classes routinely face annoying barriers in their daily lives Family members have little semblance of privacy- whether from 1 another or from neighbors Upper Class Families
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2010 for the course SOC 356 taught by Professor Asd during the Spring '07 term at Bryant.

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